„Take the birds which you'll have noticed in so many of my recent paintings. I never thought them up, they just materialized of their own accord, they were born on the canvas; that is why it is absurd to read any sort of symbolic significance into them.“

1946 - 1963, interview with John Richardson' (1957)

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Georges Braque Foto
Georges Braque6
französischer Maler 1882 - 1963

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„Many but not all my cannabis trips have somewhere in them a symbolism significant to me which I won't attempt to describe here, a kind of mandala embossed on the high.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

Essay as "Mr. X" (1969)
Kontext: When I'm high I can penetrate into the past, recall childhood memories, friends, relatives, playthings, streets, smells, sounds, and tastes from a vanished era. I can reconstruct the actual occurrences in childhood events only half understood at the time. Many but not all my cannabis trips have somewhere in them a symbolism significant to me which I won't attempt to describe here, a kind of mandala embossed on the high. Free-associating to this mandala, both visually and as plays on words, has produced a very rich array of insights.
There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we're down the next day.

Paolo Veronese Foto

„I paint my pictures with all the considerations which are natural to my intelligence, and according as my intelligence understands them.“

—  Paolo Veronese Italian painter of the Renaissance 1523 - 1588

Unsourced variant translation: I paint my pictures with such judgment as I have and as seems fitting.
Testimony to the Inquisition, (1573)

Fernando Pessoa Foto

„I have found out that reading is a slavish sort of dreaming. If I must dream, why not my own dreams?“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935

Descobri que a leitura é uma forma servil de sonhar. Se tenho de sonhar, porque não sonhar os meus próprios sonhos?
Apontamentos pessoais ["Autobiographical Notes"] (1910)

„It sometimes takes a foreigner to come and see a place and paint it. I remember someone saying they had never really noticed the palm trees here until I painted them.“

—  David Hockney British artist 1937

Interview with Nigel Farndale, "The talented Mr. Hockney," The Telegraph, (15 November 2001)
2000s

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek Foto

„Beforehand I don't make any drawing of the object or objects which I want to paint on the canvas or panel.... but I start directly to situate the designed plan on the canvas - After having thoroughly sketched and thought over my composition, especially the arrangement of light and dark, I start to paint it broadly with oil-paint and try as much as possible to achieve the hue or the colouring, in which I want to see my landscape.... when it is definitely completed.“

—  Barend Cornelis Koekkoek painter from the Northern Netherlands 1803 - 1862

(original Dutch, citaat van B.C. Koekkoek:) Ik maak vooraf geene tekeningen van het voorwerp of de voorwerpen, die ik op het doek of paneel wil schilderen.. ..maar begin dadelijk het ontworpen plan op het doek te plaatsen – Na mijne compositie eerst behoorlijk geschetst en beredeneerd te hebben, voornamelijk de schikking van licht en donker, begin ik dezelve met olieverw breed te schilderen, zoveel trachtende de tint of het coloriet er in te brengen, in welke ik mijn landschap.. ..wil gezien hebben.. ..als het geheel afgeschilderd is.
Quelle: Herinneringen aan en Mededeelingen van…' (1841), p. 98-99

Bill O'Reilly Foto
Frida Kahlo Foto

„They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.“

—  Frida Kahlo Mexican painter 1907 - 1954

Quoted in Time Magazine, "Mexican Autobiography" (27 April 1953)
1946 - 1953
Variante: I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.

Robinson Jeffers Foto

„Here is a symbol in which
Many high tragic thoughts
Watch their own eyes.“

—  Robinson Jeffers American poet 1887 - 1962

"Rock and Hawk" in Solstice and Other Poems (1935)

Citát „Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them. “
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„I noticed long ago that Amin has the tendency to concentrate power in his own hands but I did not attach any particular significance to this. However, recently this tendency has become dangerous.“

—  Nur Muhammad Taraki Prime Minister of Afghanistan 1917 - 1979

As quoted in Rodric Braithwaite (2010) Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89, page 65.

Spike Milligan Foto

„I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.“

—  Spike Milligan British-Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor 1918 - 2002

Spike Milligan with Jeremy Taylor Live at Cambridge University. Recorded at Cambridge University on December 2, 1973, this was previously released as a double LP, and later re-issued as a 2 CD set. Milligan used variations on the Shakespear line throughout his later life.

Oprah Winfrey Foto

„We don't criticize them, so why criticize Walter Keane just because his symbol of humanity is a child?“

—  Walter Keane American plagiarist 1915 - 2000

Referring to himself in the third person, page 39. "Them" refers to Rembrandt, El Greco, and Michelangelo.
1965, Cited by Jane Howard

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Marc Chagall Foto

„If a symbol should be discovered in a painting of mine, it was not my intention. It is a result I did not seek. It is something that may be found afterwards, and which can be interpreted according to taste.“

—  Marc Chagall French artist and painter 1887 - 1985

In Marc Chagall 1887-1985: Painting As Poetry by Ingo F. Walther, Rainer Metzger, p. 78
after 1930

Clarence Darrow Foto

„I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.“

—  Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938

Quelle: The Story of My Life (1932), Ch. 10 "Child Training"
The last line here has sometimes been misquoted as "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure." It has also been attributed to, among others, Mark Twain and Winston Churchill. The misquoted version also frequently begins, "I've never wished a man dead..." or "I never wanted to see anybody die..."
Kontext: Every instinct that is found in any man is in all men. The strength of the emotion may not be so overpowering, the barriers against possession not so insurmountable, the urge to accomplish the desire less keen. With some, inhibitions and urges may be neutralized by other tendencies. But with every being the primal emotions are there. All men have an emotion to kill; when they strongly dislike some one they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.

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